The problems associated with the land to the rear of the shops situated at the bottom of Storrington Way and Amberley Slope, are pretty much constant throughout the year.
Residents have once again contacted me to raise concerns about the present amount of fly-tipping there and that green bins are overflowing, having seemingly been left by Council Waste contractors, because they contain the wrong type of rubbish!?
Over the recent months, myself and my ward colleague Cllr Julia Davidson, have been working to highlight the issues faced by local residents living along the Norwood Lane, in Gunthorpe.
Issues like fly-tipping have blighted this community for over thirty years, while drainage and a lack of street lightening have only been around for nearly ten years!
Over the last 9 months we’ve paid site visits, spoken with local residents and at the October meeting of Full Council, I stood up and submitted a formal question to the Tory Cabinet Member for Communities.
As a result I discovered that since 1st January 2016 to-date, the Council has been forced to clear the Lane on 10 occasions, spending just under £50,000 to remove waste and £96,000 to dispose of it. Put simply, this level of spend cannot simply continue.
More recently, myself and Cllr Davidson attended a special meeting that included Council Officers, who have assured us that:
They have submitted a funding application to be used to implement a redesign and resurface of the lane itself.
Enforcement Officers will look to attend the site on a more regular basis.
At the meeting I also put forward the point that a) we need signs clearly stating the fly-tipping is prohibited, b) new signs need to introduced declaring the lanes name, c) any work on the road must include crossing points and d) relevant road markings are introduced.
Both myself and Cllr Davidson are keen to see action occur sooner rather than later, as there are several residents who suffer will ill health, and recently an Ambulance took nearly an hour to get down the lane!
With that in mind, I raised my concerns at a Town Hall meeting, and questioned why 56% of reported fly-tipping cases were not investigated in our city?
ToryCouncillor Gavin Elsey (who received £14,330 on top of his basic pay last year) responded stating that “…cases where there was not any significant evidence that would allow the perpetrators to be identified would not be investigated, as there was virtually no possibility of success.”
In my opinion, I think we need to see fines tripled and more dedicated enforcement teams introduced, that actually operate throughout the city and investigate more incidents!
The Conservatives at the Town Hall have had 17 years to address this!
Instead, they’ve failed, with unpopular schemes, costly exercises and the removal of community skips!
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